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Welcome Fellow Prairie Village Residents,

I'm Serena Schermoly —Ward 2 Councilmember and proud candidate to be your next Mayor. Prairie Village is my home, and it is home to some of the greatest people, places, businesses, events, and traditions I’ve ever known. I’m sure you agree.

Getting involved and becoming active in many facets of our community has been a highlight of my life. The energy and ideas I’ve been exposed to while working and leading our city’s premiere arts events inspired me to get more involved in public service. The engaged discussions and passionate deliberations I’ve experienced and participated in since joining City Council in 2016 — with residents, other councilmembers, city staff and other stakeholders — ignited my desire to lead and facilitate the work ahead of us.

Prairie Village is bursting with undeniable potential. It’s going to take careful listening, creative thinking, and the acknowledgement of our shared values and our hopes for the future to ensure that our city maintains its special “Prairie Village-ness” while embracing the new voices joining our neighborhoods.

I love Prairie Village, but, we face the same development issues and demographic trends impacting communities like ours all over the country. There are many opportunities and important choices before us, specifically development and how we manage the growing demands for density. We need a forward-thinking mayor to navigate our Village through this exciting time in its history.

The challenges we face seem deceptively complex (codes, acronyms, confusing funding incentives and tax formulas, blah-blah-blah…), but I think we all want the same things:

• A safe place to raise our families

• Vibrant places and amenities, such as parks and retail centers

• Access to quality education

• Reliable and durable infrastructure

• Low taxes

• Neighborhoods with character

• Responsible corporate citizens/pro-business zones

I’ve got the bandwidth and drive to work tirelessly preserving and improving on these core pillars of our community. During the next few months, I look forward to hearing from you and engaging in productive dialogue about your hopes for Prairie Village.

I will post complete position statements and ideas for how I plan to address our city’s most pressing issues up on this website. Check back or sign up for my email list, or follow us on our social media platforms to stay up-to-date on our work. As I’ve made clear during my time on city council, transparency is the key to a strong, citizen-focused government. I want to collaborate and serve you.

Call me night or day, What’s important is What Matters to You.

Serena Schermoly
Your candidate for Prairie Village Mayor
Councilmember Ward II, Candidate for Mayor
Cell: 913-777-9597
serenaschermoly@gmail.com 
www.serenaschermoly.org
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News

Sunday, July 8, 2018 12:00 PM

Neighborhood Design Public Open House - CITY HALL - July 9, July 11, July 17

The City of Prairie Village is in the process of considering updates to our zoning regulations, particularly as it relates to the design of single-family residential properties. A committee of local design professionals and city staff have been working together for several months to draft new regulations that would govern the design of single-family residential homes. This effort began at the direction of the City Council with the goal of protecting neighborhood character while balancing the changing demographics and needs of the Prairie Village community.

The proposed changes to the zoning regulations can be found at the link below. The changes include added requirements for greenspace, street trees, and the size of buildings and garages. These proposed changes are in addition to the changes that were adopted by the City Council in 2016, which decreased maximum building heights and increased side setback requirements.

The City will be holding open houses on July 9, July 11, July 17 to provide additional information and gather feedback from our residents. These open houses will be held from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. in the Council Chambers at Prairie Village City Hall, located at 7700 Mission Road. Residents may come and go as needed.

Can’t make it to any of the open houses?

We still want your input! Please take a minute to complete our survey regarding the proposed changes at www.surveymonkey.com/r/PVneighborhoods.

The City values the opinions of our residents, and public input is certainly encouraged to help shape the future of our City. If you have any questions about the proposed guidelines or the public open houses, please contact Jamie Robichaud, Assistant City Administrator, at jrobichaud@pvkansas.comor (913) 385-4601.

View the proposed guidelines (PDF)
Take our survey


Wednesday, June 20, 2018 8:57 AM

Prairie Village advances UN-backed effort to combat bias against women, though some on council object - JAY SENTER - Shawnee Mission Post

Prairie Village’s city council will consider a series of steps to identify and eliminate potential discrimination against women after the governing body on Monday approved a measure directing city staff to draw up a resolution supporting the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women.


Tuesday, June 19, 2018 12:51 PM

Prairie Village council considers resolution aimed at combating gender bias, David Twiddy - Kansas City Star

Prairie Village is hoping to become the first city in Kansas — and the second city in the Kansas City metro area — to formally recognize an international treaty aimed at combating bias against women and girls.


The City Council on Tuesday voted 6-3 to ask city staff to draft a resolution supporting the Convention on the Elimination of all forms of Discrimination Against Women, or CEDAW. The council would vote to adopt the resolution at a future meeting.
“This resolution is to say it is time to equal power,” said Councilman Ron Nelson, who made the motion to draft the resolution. “It is time to do away with implicit bias; It is time to be aware of the bias and take our heads out of the holes and say we look for it, not just that we ignore it.”

The United Nations’ General Assembly adopted CEDAW in 1979, charging member countries with taking “appropriate steps” to end discrimination against women. The United States has yet to endorse the measure, but more than 40 U.S. cities and 20 state legislatures have passed resolutions supporting CEDAW. A handful of cities have also adopted ordinances that incorporate the treaty’s principles into municipal law.

Locally, only Kansas City has approved a resolution supporting CEDAW, passing the measure in December 2014. City officials have been developing a formal CEDAW ordinance over the last 3 1/2 years, Gail James, a retired University of Kansas professor and Midwest CEDAW advocate, told the council.
Under an ordinance, the city would need to complete a citywide analysis of gender discrimination, focusing on local governments’ hiring, pay, operations and budgeting. The city would be expected to fix any disparities found within the government and appoint a committee or task force to oversee that implementation.
“CEDAW starts that process of really looking at the kind of community you have, but you start with the government, the city operation that you control,” James said.
Some council members, while supporting the idea of CEDAW, said they were not yet ready to commit dollars to the initiative. James estimated the gender bias study alone would cost around $20,000.
Nelson stressed that his motion, and the resolution it created, would only support the principles of CEDAW but not include any specific actions or budget.
“My thought was that we would move forward on a step-by-step basis,” he said.
Councilwoman Serena Schermoly said she supported the measure and that gender bias is often subtle. For example, she said her daughter recently asked her about a “Men Working” sign on the street when the city clearly employs women on its public works crews.
“I think it’s important that it’s just those words that we’re saying to our daughters and our sisters that we are all equal, and I think we need to set that expectation,” Schermoly said.
Three council members voted against asking staff to develop the resolution: Andrew Wang, Dan Runion and Ted Odell.
Odell said he objected to dedicating staff time to an issue that was not on the council’s annual list of priorities, and Runion said he worried how the council would gather evidence of discrimination and attribute its cause.
Wang said there was no hard evidence that gender bias was a problem in Prairie Village and that “it’s the height of hypocrisy” for an affluent city like Prairie Village to focus on discrimination against women while not doing something similar to address potential discrimination based on race or disability.
“We would take one historically disadvantaged group and for no other reason than because it wouldn’t really hurt anyone say this is our priority,” Wang said. “It doesn’t make any sense to me.”
Councilman Terrence Gallagher, who was attending the meeting by phone, said he had trouble hearing the council’s debate and abstained from voting.
In other business, the council voted unanimously to issue up to $35 million in industrial revenue bonds for Dial Realty to help pay for the senior housing part of the Meadowbrook development off Nall Avenue.
The city is not obligated to pay back the bonds, which developers typically pursue through local governments to take advantage of sales tax benefits. In this case, Dial will use the sales tax savings created by the bonds to help pay for developing the Meadowbrook Park.
The council also voted 6-4 to hold a series of public forums to get input on a second phase of proposed neighborhood design standards. The meetings will be held from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. on July 9, 11 and 17 at City Hall.
The council endorsed a preliminary set of guidelines earlier this month that would restrict how oversized a house could look and how much land it could consume, as well as add some rules for trees, driveways, garages and other elements of home construction.
The rules are designed to continue the city’s battle to better blend new large homes with existing mid-century neighborhoods.
Some council members voted against the schedule because they said it was too compact and may prevent some people from being able to attend. The city will also allow residents to provide input online. Officials said they hope to bring the results of the forums back to the council Aug. 6, put the revised rules before the Prairie Village Planning Commission in September and have the council vote on the changes in October.
David Twiddy: dtwiddy913@gmail.com

 


Wednesday, June 13, 2018 11:30 AM

KCUR - By STEVE KRASKE & LUKE X. MARTIN, Prairie Village Home Teardowns Rankle Residents.

Some residents say big, new homes on small, old lots are changing the nature of the Kansas suburb.

Home teardowns are not a new problem in Prairie Village, but the issue is receiving a lot of new attention. Today, we asked city leadership how they would strike a balance between property owners' ability to build what they want on their own land, and preserving the look and feel of what's long been known as a modest, affordable community.

Prairie Village Mayor Laura Wassmer
Councilwoman Serena Schermoly, District 2
Councilman Tucker Poling, District 3


Tuesday, June 5, 2018 10:17 AM

Prairie Village ready to get public feedback on new house design guidelines that would regulate aesthetics - SM Post - JAY SENTER


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